LIVE BLOG: UDA nominations kick off nationwide

Nominations for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party began on Thursday April 14 in 36 counties, with officials assuring aspirants the process would be free and fair.

The UDA will use the primaries to select aspirants who will face other candidates in the August 9 general election.

In a statement released by UDA National Elections Board (NEB) Chairman Anthony Mwaura, the party designated 15,000 polling stations, 75,000 ballot boxes, 47 county tellers and 200 constituency tellers to oversee the entire process.

Additionally, it deployed 21,000 polling officers and 52,000 poll clerks.

Kenyans.co.ke will keep you updated minute by minute as the day progresses. Keep refreshing this page for updates.

1:46: Four UDA aspirants stage a walkout, demanding the replacement of clerks and presidents at Nakuru Station

1:34: In Kwale, UDA candidates from Ramisi Ward protested against being issued a through ticket to one of the suitors. One of the candidates complained that she had only been called at night and told that the nomination exercise would not take place. Only three counties participate in the nomination process in this area.

1:25 p.m.: The polling station at Makunga Secondary School in Mumias moved to a nearby market as the director could not be reached by phone to open the polling station.

12:53 p.m.: The UDA nomination exercise at Mount Elgon and Kakamega has been rescheduled to Friday 15th April due to logistical issues.

12:29 p.m.: Vice President William Ruto is urging UDA supporters to be patient with what he said are minor logistical issues.

“Voting in all 36 counties went smoothly after minor logistical issues were resolved. Congratulations to all of our 5,000 candidates for their patience and composure. 888 elective seats in contention. votes cast.”

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu casts his vote at Wangige Market on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

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12:19 p.m.: Drama observed at a polling station in Kericho after Senator Samson Cherargei tried to avoid the long queue to vote. He was forced to line up like other voters.

12:07 p.m.: UDA aspirants to the governorship who were nominated unopposed include: Former Senator Hassan Omar who is heading for the Mombasa County seat, Fatuma Mohamed Achani (Kwale), current MP for Malindi Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi), Tuneya Hussein Dado (Tana Tiver County), John Mtuta (Taita Taveta) and Mohamed Barrow (Garissa).

11:14 a.m.: Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki read the riot act to all UDA candidates, urging them to avoid any form of disruption and violence during the nomination exercise. He noted that any aspirant found guilty will be disqualified and if investigations confirm the allegations, the member is eligible for suspension and even expulsion from the party.

“As a party, we abhor violence, intimidation and obstruction of democracy which is well accepted in the party constitution, nominating rules and code of conduct for party aspirants and members.”

11:05 a.m.: The UDA addressed the issue of ballot marking and irregularities in Bomet and other parts of the country.

Speaking to the press, UDA Elections Council Chairman Anthony Mwaura insisted that a clean-up exercise had been carried out in Bomet and the primaries had since started. He further dismissed claims of rigging explaining that the ballots have distinct characteristics that cannot be manipulated.

“Allegations of fake ballots are rumours; our ballot papers are peculiar, they have the watermark and serial numbers and no one can prove that they were found anywhere,” Mwaura remarked.

10:53 a.m.: The voting exercise came to a halt in Baringo Central after 22 polling stations reported missing records of UDA members.

10:39 a.m.: Soy MP Caleb Kositany blames the country’s fuel crisis for delaying the nomination process in Uasin Gishu County.

“We had delays in several polling stations and as you know we have a fuel crisis in this country and of course the UDA party is trying to function as perfectly as possible,” Kositany said.

He added that “where we have had delays, we will request an extension of voting hours also bearing in mind that today is a working day.”

10:31 a.m.: Kandara MP Alice Wahome gets a straight ticket after her seat failed to attract any other UDA aspirants.

10:29 a.m.: Nomination exercise stopped at Kuresoi South due to missing ballot boxes.

9:55 a.m.: Chaos has erupted in Biashara ward in County Nakuru following allegations that one of the contenders was given a through ticket without taking part in the ongoing primaries.

9:49 a.m.: Police arrest a man on allegations of double voting at Al-Huda polling station, Kajiado.

9:30 a.m.: The UDA party primaries in Turkana have been postponed until April 19. This was after it emerged that the center did not have enough voting materials.

UDA nomination exercise which was canceled due to insufficient voting material on Thursday 14 April 2022

UDA nominating exercise which was canceled due to insufficient voting material on Thursday 14th April 2022.

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9:00 a.m.: Despite previous instances of ballot burning in Embu, Senator Elgeyo Marakwet who oversees the primaries in the region assured the aspirants a fair and free exercise.

“The UDA nominations are going well. There was a little incident yesterday which caught the public eye but the reality is that these elections are peaceful,” Murkomen said.

8:30 a.m.: Bomet Women’s Representative Joyce Korir in a close fight with Senate contender Hillary Sigei. Joyce hired Sigei after allegations of ballot marking prior to the start of the nominating exercise at Tenwek High School.

8:00 a.m.: The nominating exercise in Bomet County has been marred by controversy as some candidates claim some ballots were pre-marked.

The aspirants have urged national UDA officials to call off the drill and address the issue of marked ballots.

Some aspirants said some presidents took ballots home and pre-marked them before the drill.

Candidates who have raised complaints include gubernatorial hopeful John Mosonik, Senate hopeful Wilson Sossion and Bomet Central deputy hopeful Joyce Korir.

Chaos in Bomet as the UDA party primaries kick off on Thursday April 14, 2022

Chaos in Bomet as the UDA party primaries kick off on Thursday April 14, 2022

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